When we feel high. we have no problems. The problem comes when we feel low. No one wants to feel low. When one feels low, then the more one tries to feel high, the more the low feelings persist. This seems to be the biggest problem. What is important about the feelings? They never stay the same. Feelings are fluid. See, you feel good now, later you don’t feel good. Then again you feel good. This continues in life. If we base our life on our feelings, we will be ruined. You feel good about something now and a little later you feel bad about the same thing. Then those feelings change yet again. Have you noticed feelings changing?
Many people are unaware of the nature of feelings. Everywhere you will hear people say, “Follow your feeling, go by your feelings, do what you feel like,” etc. What will you do? Be independent? People misinterpret what independence means. They think it means following your feelings. They think, “I do as I feel now, I do as I feel tomorrow, I do as I feel the next day.” Then there can be no stability in life.
We are unhappy if we follow our feelings. When you feel low, jump into the lowest. Be like water. That is your real nature; inside you, it is like water. The coconut is the symbol of the whole human life. The coconut has a husk. That is the environment. And then the shell is the body. The mind and the inner intellect is the white membrane inside. The water is the innermost part. Your true nature is like water, fluid and not hard inside. What is the nature of water? Humility. It always goes down.
Stiffness is the problem. Stiffness is ego. Water can take any shape. Whatever glass you put it in, it will take that shape. Water means acceptance of the present moment. Our innermost being agrees with nature. In water, the slightest movement makes ripples. It is dynamic also. It is not simply acceptance with fatalism; it is acceptance with motion, with dynamism, with readiness to jump up. A little shake, and the water is ready to jump up.
Depression and low feelings cannot touch you. They can do nothing to you. However big the clouds are, they cannot overshadow the sun. It could be the darkest day, but still it will remain day, and those clouds can never make it night. So, when clouds are there, you don’t have to shiver. Just go deep, observe and you will see a lot of sensation rising up. Some fears come up. What is fear? Just a sensation in the body. Agree to it, “All right, let it be. I will dive into it today.” An amazing thing happens within you, a phenomenon. Psychiatrists will be out of jobs. Everybody can look into this aspect. This is very, very beautiful.
What is the nature of Water? Water, when it reaches the ocean, does not always remain there. It rises high as the clouds and then comes down again as water. Feelings and water are synonymous.
There is an aphorism on love by Rishi Narada. He says, “The nature of love is extreme anguish.” If you have not had extreme anguish, then you have not had supreme love, either. Then your love is also shallow. So, the higher the capacity to love, the greater the anguish of separation. That is synonymous. That is the other side of the same coin and it is fine. It is a painful pleasure. This is a stage, and only when this stage is transcended , then bliss stays. Then such a peace dawns that can never be shaken.
What is Life? How many years? See with your own eyes. Your life is not your life, you see? your life is an event in time, which in infinite. Surrender has happened when you know that your life is insignificant in the span of time and space. When you know there are millions and millions of stars – just look at astronomy books and see how big the solar system is and where the Earth is – then what is one’s life? We are all still in the process of learning more and more about Life which in my words can be defines as an inevitable stage
Life is very temporary and base it on commitment, conviction, truth, wisdom,love and giving.